I have recently been at a medical equipment auction and bought an old audiometric testing booth to give me a small soundproofed area for recording. It has a power supply to operate the electrics - silent ventilation fan and a light. It has a 3-core cable with the plug cut off.
The wire colours are unusual so I thought it best to check where to put what before I wire a new plug.
It's a thickish cable (approx 1 cm) so I have put a 13 amp fuse in the plug. The 3 wires within the cable are coloured black, green and very,very pale beige. I am guessing that green is live, black is neutral and the pale beige is earth but could be so very wrong!
So can someone tell me which is live, which neutral and which earth.
You need an electrician to check what you are doing - dont do anything till they have had a look
those colours sound like they are american but i'm not 100% certain
they use green for earth
black for hot
white for neutral
but like I said get an electrician to take a look first
Green will not be live no matter what!
My initial reaction was bk=Neutral, Green = earth, pale beige could be faded red = live BUT I believe what you have is a low voltage , possibly DC installation which should have a power supply with it.
A smallish fan and a light would not need a very big flex unless running at low voltage.
See if you can find a rating plate on fan or light, before risking burning out the lot!
Fear not - no need to stop. I haven't started! Like I said, I did realise I could be so very wrong so I'm glad I asked. Thanks for your reply sparx.
The beige doesn't look like a faded red. I cut a chunk off the cable to get to fresh unexposed wire and it's the same colour throughout.
Since posting, I had a thought. Although the booth comes from a UK distributor, the 'mother company' is possibly American so I did wonder if the cubicle might be an import. I 'googled' that idea and see that American wiring would mean the black wire would be live, the green wire the earth and the remaining wire (which should be white) would be neutral. It's possible that the very, very pale beige could be a discoloured white but it's hard to tell.
I can't find any rating plate anywhere but will have another look tomorrow in daylight.
Can you remove the lamp/bulb to see if it has a voltage printed on it?
the reason for the heavy flex mains lead may just be for mechanical protection as people tend to walk on leads when the booths are placed in temp. locations.
If all else fails test between what seems like earth core of flex ,and any metal work on light/fan, if you get a low ohms reading or other signs of continuity put in a 3A fuse and see what happens when switched on/off quickly!
You can only wonder 'what if' for so long.....
good luck SPARX,
I have spoken with the UK distributors of the booth and sent photos. They think it's one of their American booths but were confused by the American wiring of the flex and UK wiring in the internal light fitting, so said they were not sure if it would be a 110v or 240v set up.
The bulb in the strip light is stamped 'made in England' 30 watt and the wiring is brown, blue, green/yellow - so a thoroughly British unit there.
The fan was supplied by Pamotor in California, [u]but[/u] made in [b]WEST[/b] Germany, so clearly a pre-1990 model. It is a 20w fan, 50/60Hz, 220/230v with just 2 wires - black and yellow (what country is that from!)
My guess now is that this was a US model specifically imported and wired for the UK/European market except for not having a UK/European style external flex. As the fittings are all suited to UK voltage, I suspect that the American flex is a red herring and I should connect black to the live, the beige to the neutral and the green to the earth.
What do you think?
Didn't understand your earth test suggestion incidentally - wouldn't that require the cable to be connected to the power - not quite ready to do that yet.
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